You send me two comments and when I try to contact you, I learn I can not reach you through the e-mail address provided. Hate to block any reply, even the most critical one, but unless I can determine it’s from some authentic source, I’d be a fool to give it “air space.”
Learned that in Journalism 101, and years working as a reporter and editor of newsletters and journals. You’re responsible for what you publish under your name, and unless you get a damn good reason why someone wants to hide their identity while writing about something controversial — whether you agree with it or not — you ought to think twice about “vouching” for its sincerity.
Could end up sending someone to one of those triple xxx sex sites. Or to someone with a political ax to grind on the body part you’re sticking your neck out to have faith in.
Got two comments from you, hermanthegerman and, while writing a reply to one of ’em, got inspired to create an entire post, a separate article. Next, I placed a hand on the computer mouse, guided it over the parts identifying the sender of a “post comment” via an e-mail, and was unable to contact you at any of the identifying areas.
Sent two e-mails to firstname.lastname@example.org, only to have both bounce back with the old letter-carrying message of “return to sender, address unknown.” Unable to reach you, I became suspicious — my PTSD (post traumatic stress — without the “disorder“) arose and so did my hyper vigilance — and I activated the security device at Word Press to automatically label your e-mails “spam,” thus blocking comments from such a hidden source.
I can understand people who write controversial stuff wanting to guard their identity for fear of retaliation at their home or job site. In addition, I know several women who use aliases at their Blogs because of internet stalking and worse.
But, Herman, I don’t know where you’re coming from, and until I do, I’m not going to expose others to you through my Blog.
Tell us who you are — you might have some interesting things to share and have a good reason for withholding your ID. Show yourself. The truth, some say, might just set your free.
126.96.36.199 2010/07/14 at 11:00
Unconditional love and acceptance means not filtering our responses to your blog and trashing them at will. Isn’t that highly conditional and unaccepting of you?
Quick Edit | Edit | Not Spam | Delete Permanently
My next step is to “Delete Permanently”
and hope I get no retaliation.
michael j contos, aka contoveros